Notice Type
Authorities/Other Agencies of State
Notice Title

E–Scooters (Declaration Not to be Motor Vehicles) Notice 2018

Pursuant to section 168A(2) of the Land Transport Act 1998, and pursuant to an authority delegated to me by the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency, I, Brandon Mainwaring, Senior Manager, Operational Policy, Planning and Performance, declare an electric scooter not to be a motor vehicle if all of the following apply:

  1. The electric scooter is comprised primarily of a footboard, two or three wheels, and a long steering handle;
  2. The electric scooter’s wheels do not exceed 355mm in diameter;
  3. The electric scooter has one or more electric auxiliary propulsion motors; and
  4. The combined maximum power output of the electric auxiliary propulsion motors does not exceed 300 Watts.

This notice expires on 30 September 2023.

Dated at Wellington this 18th day of September 2018.

BRANDON MAINWARING, Senior Manager, Operational Policy, Planning and Performance, NZ Transport Agency.

Explanatory Note

This note does not form part of the notice but is intended to indicate its general effect.

The purpose of this notice is to remove the requirement for scooters designed in the style of traditional children’s toys, with a footboard, two or three wheels and a long steering handle, to be registered as motor vehicles if they are also fitted with low powered electric auxiliary propulsion motors.